When I'm searching for interesting new decks or concepts, Magic Online Modern Leagues always provide—but it's hard to tell how good they actually are. Leagues are low stakes compared to more cutthroat events like Preliminaries and Challenges, which draw the most competitive players wielding the top-tier netdecks. When a new rogue deck does break through in one of these more competitive events, it's a stronger sign that the deck is the real deal.

So my eyes got wide last week when I saw an innovative and fun twist on a Modern deck score a perfect 4-0 run in a Preliminary event.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Gruul Lukka by Mogged

'Gruul Lukka' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Mogged

Event: MTGO Modern Preliminary

Rank: 4-0

Modern

Market Price: $665.16

Cards

Soul-Guide Lantern

Market Price: $2.33

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When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Magma Spray

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.09

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Magma Spray deals 2 damage to target creature. If that creature would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Arbor Elf

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.55

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{T}: Untap target Forest.

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Seasoned Pyromancer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $26.32

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When Seasoned Pyromancer enters the battlefield, discard two cards, then draw two cards. For each nonland card discarded this way, create a 1/1 red Elemental creature token.
{3}{R}{R}, Exile Seasoned Pyromancer from your graveyard: Create two 1/1 red Elemental creature tokens.

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Birds of Paradise

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $6.50

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Flying
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Magus of the Moon

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $15.98

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Verdant Catacombs

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Verdant Catacombs: Search your library for a Swamp or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Burst Lightning

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Kicker {4} (You may pay an additional {4} as you cast this spell.)
Burst Lightning deals 2 damage to any target. If this spell was kicked, it deals 4 damage instead.

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Wooded Foothills

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a Mountain or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Pithing Needle

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As Pithing Needle enters the battlefield, choose a card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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Reclamation Sage

Color Identity:G

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When Reclamation Sage enters the battlefield, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Pillage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.13

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Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.

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Obosh, the Preypiercer

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.46

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Companion — Your starting deck contains only cards with odd converted mana costs and land cards. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
If a source you control with an odd converted mana cost would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals double that damage to that permanent or player instead.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Chandra's Defeat

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.07

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Chandra's Defeat deals 5 damage to target red creature or red planeswalker. If that permanent is a Chandra planeswalker, you may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.

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Veil of Summer

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $7.74

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Draw a card if an opponent has cast a blue or black spell this turn. Spells you control can't be countered this turn. You and permanents you control gain hexproof from blue and from black until end of turn. (You and they can't be the targets of blue or black spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.93

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

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This spell can't be countered.
When you cast this spell, take an extra turn after this one.
Flying, protection from colored spells, annihilator 6
When Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is put into a graveyard from anywhere, its owner shuffles their graveyard into their library.

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Wood Elves

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.18

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When Wood Elves enters the battlefield, search your library for a Forest card and put that card onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

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Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast

Color Identity:R

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+1: Exile the top three cards of your library. Creature cards exiled this way gain "You may cast this card from exile as long as you control a Lukka planeswalker."
−2: Exile target creature you control, then reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card with higher converted mana cost. Put that card onto the battlefield and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
−7: Each creature you control deals damage equal to its power to each opponent.

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Utopia Sprawl

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $6.27

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Enchant Forest
As Utopia Sprawl enters the battlefield, choose a color.
Whenever enchanted Forest is tapped for mana, its controller adds an additional one mana of the chosen color.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.94

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Klothys, God of Destiny

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $8.59

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to red and green is less than seven, Klothys isn't a creature.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a land card, add {R} or {G}. Otherwise, you gain 2 life and Klothys deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Windswept Heath

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Windswept Heath: Search your library for a Forest or Plains card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $7.84

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
As Stomping Ground enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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On the surface this is just a Gruul Ponza deck, with Birds of Paradise and Arbor Elf accelerating into Magus of the Moon and Pillage, but it replaces the typical top-end cards like Glorybringer with a powerful combo.

It uses the Polymorph-style ability of Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast to find Emrakul, the Aeons Torn and overpower any opposition. The advantage of this combo finish is just that Emrakul is more powerful than anything else Ponza can do, and more powerful than just about anything everyone else is doing too. It's a simple and clean way to win most any game, even games that fairer cards couldn't win.

The beauty of Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast is that its ability only searches for more expensive creatures, not any creature like Polymorph or Transmogrify. It's a big change from these previous cards, and allows Lukka to be used alongside a deck with many creatures. This in turn means Lukka's +1 ability is a potent card advantage engine that will provide a steady stream of creatures, which wasn't the case in a deck like Jeskai Lukka in Pioneer or old Standard. Lukka being a good card in its own right means the only real deck-building cost here is having to fit a single Emrakul, the Aeons Torn in the deck.

I like this combo-like innovation, which really powers up a deck that has always felt way too fair for my liking. It helps bring the deck more in line with the broken things other Modern decks are doing, but without sacrificing much. The deck is still fully capable of winning more typical games without Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast, and in some ways even improves as a fair deck because the switch comes with the bonus of Obosh, the Preypiercer as a companion.

The new Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast version of Gruul Ponza looks like a great option for anyone who already plays Ponza and wants another option in their toolbox, and for those like myself who might not have been into normal Ponza but are more intrigued by this version. It's also a nice option for people who like cheating big creatures like Emrakul, the Aeons Torn into play, as an alternative to Through the Breach or Goryo's Vengeance decks which haven't been popular recently.

Building on a Budget

The deck also looks like a perfect candidate for a budget deck, since the majority of its value is tied up in fetch lands. With a few modifications, this deck can be had for under $200, or even less in an extreme budget build, with options to upgrade it all the way back to the full original build.

Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn provide a lot of raw power for a very low dollar cost. A set of Lukka and a copy of Emrakul together running under $35, but hold the power to take on anything in the format. From there it's just a matter of building up a shell to support them, which could theoretically be just about anything.

The key factor is having many creatures sharing a mana cost at the top of the curve to Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast out for Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. Three is an ideal number because there are so many strong options available, and it curves well with the deck's turn-one mana acceleration.

Going higher to four mana means three-drops wouldn't work with Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast, so Bloodbraid Elf is off the table, which is why Obosh, the Preypiercer is such an easy fit into the deck. It provides a great dose of extra power and helps the fair game plan, so it's a great asset for any budget build at around $0.50.

Headlining the creature suite, Bonecrusher Giant provides a ton of bang for your buck. At less than $1, it's truly a must-include in any budget build and a worthy investment as a staple for years to come.

While most of the value of the deck is in its manabase, there is another glut of money tied up in its core creatures, Seasoned Pyromancer and Magus of the Moon. While both of these play important roles in the deck, they aren't crucial to the Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast game plan. By focusing on maximizing Lukka and the general aggressive creature strategy, and giving up the mana denial, you can reduce the deck's cost dramatically without giving up any of its cohesion.

In place of the expensive creatures, it's great to focus on creatures that work well with Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast—specifically hexproof creatures that are immune to removal and can be safely targeted. The normal build has no way to protect Lukka from removal, but the budget build has the opportunity to be an even better Lukka deck with hexproof creatures like Gruul Spellbreaker and Troll Ascetic, which are also strong aggressive threats.

Fetch lands aren't integral to the deck's strategy, and it doesn't use anything like Wrenn and Six to abuse them. However, they are important for finding a Forest, specifically Stomping Ground, to cast Utopia Sprawl. Because copies of Utopia Sprawl are so expensive (at least for commons) at around $5 each, they can be removed along with the fetch lands and Stomping Ground to build a truly budget manabase. Arbor Elf does require Forests, and is especially good with duals, so if you use Stomping Ground and Cinder Glade they can be kept. Otherwise, replace them with something like Elvish Mystic or Gilded Goose.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Super-Budget Gruul Lukka by Adam Yurchick

'Super-Budget Gruul Lukka' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $125.15

Cards

Ranger's Guile

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.02

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Target creature you control gets +1/+1 and gains hexproof until end of turn. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Soul-Guide Lantern

Market Price: $2.33

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When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

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Burst Lightning

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Kicker {4} (You may pay an additional {4} as you cast this spell.)
Burst Lightning deals 2 damage to any target. If this spell was kicked, it deals 4 damage instead.

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Pithing Needle

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As Pithing Needle enters the battlefield, choose a card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

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This spell can't be countered.
When you cast this spell, take an extra turn after this one.
Flying, protection from colored spells, annihilator 6
When Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is put into a graveyard from anywhere, its owner shuffles their graveyard into their library.

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Wood Elves

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.18

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When Wood Elves enters the battlefield, search your library for a Forest card and put that card onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

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Klothys, God of Destiny

Color Identity:G,R

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to red and green is less than seven, Klothys isn't a creature.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a land card, add {R} or {G}. Otherwise, you gain 2 life and Klothys deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Obosh, the Preypiercer

Color Identity:B,R

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Companion — Your starting deck contains only cards with odd converted mana costs and land cards. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
If a source you control with an odd converted mana cost would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals double that damage to that permanent or player instead.

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Cinder Glade

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $1.18

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
Cinder Glade enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Llanowar Elves

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Troll Ascetic

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.43

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
{1}{G}: Regenerate Troll Ascetic.

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Gruul Spellbreaker

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $0.55

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Riot (This creature enters the battlefield with your choice of a +1/+1 counter or haste.)
Trample
As long as it's your turn, you and Gruul Spellbreaker have hexproof.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Reclamation Sage

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.13

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When Reclamation Sage enters the battlefield, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Elvish Mystic

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.

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Gilded Goose

Color Identity:G

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Flying
When Gilded Goose enters the battlefield, create a Food token. (It's an artifact with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")
{1}{G}, {T}: Create a Food token.
{T}, Sacrifice a Food: Add one mana of any color.

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Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast

Color Identity:R

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+1: Exile the top three cards of your library. Creature cards exiled this way gain "You may cast this card from exile as long as you control a Lukka planeswalker."
−2: Exile target creature you control, then reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card with higher converted mana cost. Put that card onto the battlefield and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
−7: Each creature you control deals damage equal to its power to each opponent.

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Magma Spray

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.09

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Magma Spray deals 2 damage to target creature. If that creature would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Chandra's Defeat

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.07

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Chandra's Defeat deals 5 damage to target red creature or red planeswalker. If that permanent is a Chandra planeswalker, you may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.94

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Rugged Highlands

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $0.08

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Rugged Highlands enters the battlefield tapped.
When Rugged Highlands enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
{T}: Add {R} or {G}.

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My first focus when upgrading the deck would be the manabase.

Stomping Ground to enable Utopia Sprawl helps increase the deck's consistency as an additional red source, as well as the deck's speed and power because of its interaction with Arbor Elf doubling the mana.

Birds of Paradise is a clear upgrade over Llanowar Elves and Elvish Mystic, and helps hit that double red needed for Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Budget Gruul Lukka by Adam Yurchick

'Budget Gruul Lukka' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Adam Yurchick

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $217.61

Cards

Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

Market Price: $21.97

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This spell can't be countered.
When you cast this spell, take an extra turn after this one.
Flying, protection from colored spells, annihilator 6
When Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is put into a graveyard from anywhere, its owner shuffles their graveyard into their library.

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Obosh, the Preypiercer

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.46

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Companion — Your starting deck contains only cards with odd converted mana costs and land cards. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
If a source you control with an odd converted mana cost would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals double that damage to that permanent or player instead.

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Chandra's Defeat

Color Identity:R

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Chandra's Defeat deals 5 damage to target red creature or red planeswalker. If that permanent is a Chandra planeswalker, you may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.

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Arbor Elf

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Untap target Forest.

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Veil of Summer

Color Identity:G

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Draw a card if an opponent has cast a blue or black spell this turn. Spells you control can't be countered this turn. You and permanents you control gain hexproof from blue and from black until end of turn. (You and they can't be the targets of blue or black spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Pithing Needle

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As Pithing Needle enters the battlefield, choose a card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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Birds of Paradise

Color Identity:G

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Flying
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Utopia Sprawl

Color Identity:G

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Enchant Forest
As Utopia Sprawl enters the battlefield, choose a color.
Whenever enchanted Forest is tapped for mana, its controller adds an additional one mana of the chosen color.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
As Stomping Ground enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Troll Ascetic

Color Identity:G

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Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
{1}{G}: Regenerate Troll Ascetic.

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Soul-Guide Lantern

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When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Reclamation Sage

Color Identity:G

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When Reclamation Sage enters the battlefield, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Gruul Spellbreaker

Color Identity:G,R

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Riot (This creature enters the battlefield with your choice of a +1/+1 counter or haste.)
Trample
As long as it's your turn, you and Gruul Spellbreaker have hexproof.

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Cinder Glade

Color Identity:G,R

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
Cinder Glade enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast

Color Identity:R

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+1: Exile the top three cards of your library. Creature cards exiled this way gain "You may cast this card from exile as long as you control a Lukka planeswalker."
−2: Exile target creature you control, then reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card with higher converted mana cost. Put that card onto the battlefield and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
−7: Each creature you control deals damage equal to its power to each opponent.

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Burst Lightning

Color Identity:R

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Kicker {4} (You may pay an additional {4} as you cast this spell.)
Burst Lightning deals 2 damage to any target. If this spell was kicked, it deals 4 damage instead.

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Magma Spray

Color Identity:R

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Magma Spray deals 2 damage to target creature. If that creature would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Wood Elves

Color Identity:G

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When Wood Elves enters the battlefield, search your library for a Forest card and put that card onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

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Klothys, God of Destiny

Color Identity:G,R

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to red and green is less than seven, Klothys isn't a creature.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a land card, add {R} or {G}. Otherwise, you gain 2 life and Klothys deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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My first priority from there would be adding Seasoned Pyromancer, which is about $100 for a playset. It's not an integral part of the deck, but its ability to filter cards is definitely a big benefit to the strategy, whether it's digging for Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast or pitching Emrakul, the Aeons Torn from the hand to put it back in the deck to find.

Or you could start with Magus of the Moon, which is cheaper at around $60 a playset but not quite as useful in other decks. It's a powerful hoser in this metagame, especially with Four-Color Control and Primeval Titan decks being so popular, and unlike Blood Moon it works well with Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast. Once Magus of the Moon is in the deck, Pillage can be re-added to double down on the plan. It's great alongside Magus of the Moon for destroying any basic lands the opponent has.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Semi-Budget Gruul Lukka by Adam Yurchick

'Semi-Budget Gruul Lukka' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Modern

Market Price: $368.10

Cards

Wood Elves

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.18

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When Wood Elves enters the battlefield, search your library for a Forest card and put that card onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

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Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast

Color Identity:R

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+1: Exile the top three cards of your library. Creature cards exiled this way gain "You may cast this card from exile as long as you control a Lukka planeswalker."
−2: Exile target creature you control, then reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card with higher converted mana cost. Put that card onto the battlefield and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
−7: Each creature you control deals damage equal to its power to each opponent.

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Obosh, the Preypiercer

Color Identity:B,R

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Companion — Your starting deck contains only cards with odd converted mana costs and land cards. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
If a source you control with an odd converted mana cost would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals double that damage to that permanent or player instead.

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Veil of Summer

Color Identity:G

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Draw a card if an opponent has cast a blue or black spell this turn. Spells you control can't be countered this turn. You and permanents you control gain hexproof from blue and from black until end of turn. (You and they can't be the targets of blue or black spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
As Stomping Ground enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Pithing Needle

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As Pithing Needle enters the battlefield, choose a card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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Reclamation Sage

Color Identity:G

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When Reclamation Sage enters the battlefield, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Seasoned Pyromancer

Color Identity:R

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When Seasoned Pyromancer enters the battlefield, discard two cards, then draw two cards. For each nonland card discarded this way, create a 1/1 red Elemental creature token.
{3}{R}{R}, Exile Seasoned Pyromancer from your graveyard: Create two 1/1 red Elemental creature tokens.

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Pillage

Color Identity:R

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Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

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This spell can't be countered.
When you cast this spell, take an extra turn after this one.
Flying, protection from colored spells, annihilator 6
When Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is put into a graveyard from anywhere, its owner shuffles their graveyard into their library.

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Klothys, God of Destiny

Color Identity:G,R

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to red and green is less than seven, Klothys isn't a creature.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a land card, add {R} or {G}. Otherwise, you gain 2 life and Klothys deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Soul-Guide Lantern

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When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Utopia Sprawl

Color Identity:G

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Enchant Forest
As Utopia Sprawl enters the battlefield, choose a color.
Whenever enchanted Forest is tapped for mana, its controller adds an additional one mana of the chosen color.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Magma Spray

Color Identity:R

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Magma Spray deals 2 damage to target creature. If that creature would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Chandra's Defeat

Color Identity:R

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Chandra's Defeat deals 5 damage to target red creature or red planeswalker. If that permanent is a Chandra planeswalker, you may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.

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Birds of Paradise

Color Identity:G

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Flying
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Burst Lightning

Color Identity:R

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Kicker {4} (You may pay an additional {4} as you cast this spell.)
Burst Lightning deals 2 damage to any target. If this spell was kicked, it deals 4 damage instead.

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Cinder Glade

Color Identity:G,R

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
Cinder Glade enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Arbor Elf

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Untap target Forest.

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Magus of the Moon

Color Identity:R

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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From there, adding fetch lands brings the deck to full power. Making the Arbor Elf and Utopia Sprawl engine as consistent as possible will definitely help the consistency and explosiveness of the deck, and every bit helps in a format as fast and brutal as Modern.

Sideboarding

As far as sideboarding with the deck, the plan and cards are essentially the same for any of the builds. The only expensive card in the sideboard is Veil of Summer, so if any of these aren't handy, I'd swap in Ranger's Guile until you invest in the staple.

Veil of Summer and Ranger's Guile are useful for protecting creatures from removal, and especially for ensuring Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast Polymorph ability connects. The rest of the sideboard is disruption to combat whatever sort of strategy your opponent is using. Cards to bring in are pretty straightforward, while sideboarding out is generally pretty clear as well.

The usual go-to cut is the land denial, with Magus of the Moon being poor against opponents with many basics, or who aren't using broken lands like Field of the Dead. Pillage often comes out along with the Magus. On the other hand, Lightning Bolt is a clear cut against decks like Tron without creatures to kill.

Going for the Gold with Gruul Lukka

Despite all of the broken cards printed in recent years, Emrakul, the Aeons Torn still reigns supreme as the most powerful individual card in Modern. It's rarely used these days, but it's still ripe for abuse.

Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast adds a reliable and powerful way to do so, greatly outshining previous options. Polymorph and Transmogrify require jumping through the hoop of playing no other creatures in your deck, which Lukka avoids. Lukka is also more straightforward than cards like Through the Breach and Goryo's Vengeance that require first finding Emrakul and assembling a two-card combo.

Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast recent success is a great sign it's a real competitive option in Modern. At the very least, its package with Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is an incredible asset to any Modern player looking to make a big impact for a low cost.